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Some of My Toughts About a Trip to
The following is a series of letters between me and Danny (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Contained within are some of my toughts about a trip to Disney World
Letter from Danny--3/29/98
Only a week left! I can't believe I'm finally going. Can I ask your opinion on
dining? Is there a good chance of getting a seat at even the nicest, most
popular restaurants, without priority seating? Or priority seating
reservations made on the same day?
Below is a list of restaurants I am interested in visiting. I have never been
to WDW so this is only based on what I have read in books and heard from
others, please tell me about them and if they are worth going to or not. Also,
please include a list of can't miss restaurants in your opinion. I'll need
some attractions info too, but I'll get that later. I just need to know about
the restaurants right now since I have heard about restaurants needing
reservations up to a month in advance. I want to know about atmosphere and
food quality. Also, given my time table what should my priorities be?
Magic Kingdom (I am only spending half a day here since I am seen most of it
here in Anaheim before. I'm not sure about the names of all the restaurants)
-Cinderella's Royal Table
-Liberty Tree Tavern
too bad there aren't any table service restaurants in Tomorrowland, it's my
favorite land. There isn't one here either :(
Epcot (2 days here)
-Chef's de France
-Restaurant Marrakesh - Morocco
-San Angel Inn
Is San Angel Inn set in that awesome perpetual night of Mexico?
MGM (1 day)
-50's Prime Time Cafe
-Sci-Fi Drive In
-All-Star Music Food Carts and Food Court
-In-Room Pizza Delivery Service
-Bongos Cuban Cafe
-Ghirardelli Soda Fountain & Chocolate Shop
-House of Blues
-Wolfgang Puck Cafe
I also need Pleasure Island suggestions
Thanks you for all the help.
Well, when you finally get there you will see how immense the parks
really are. You probably won't have enough time to visit all of the
restaurants you mentioned. But, some of my favorites include
the restaurant inside Mexico (even though I've never eaten there the
scenery is out of this would, comprable to the Blue Bayou Lagoon
Restaurant inside Disneyland's Pirates of the Caribbean. All of the MGM
restaurants are really neat, with the fifty's prime time cafe and the
drive in restaurant being particular favorites. Soundstage is also very
good, but not table service (at least it wasn't the last time I was
there.) The soundstage is particularly interesting because its like the
set of whatever Disney movie is out at the time.
If you get time, see the Polynesian Resort Dinner Show, or the one at
Fort Wilderness. Other than that, I'd suggest sticking to the rides.
There is a lot to do down there. In all truth, we still had a lot to do
even on our two week trips. Trust me, you won't be bored.
P.S Horizons is still open....Horray Horray!!!
Danny's Next Letter--3/30/98
Thanks for the info. Tell me if there is something I can do for you.
Especially before Horizons closes. Although I am glad it is not closing, I was
looking forward to riding test track. Are they soft opening?
Thanks for your thoughts on the restaurants. Do you have any ideas on a
good place in Magic Kingdom? We are only having lunch there. What I am worried
about is priority seating, I am really worried about that. How long do you
think I would have to wait to get seated at a popular restaurant,
What about attractions? Here is my ideas, please add to list or subtract:
-Splash Mountain (side by side seating version not seen here in Anaheim)
-Timekeeper (I've heard this is the best circle vision film ever)
-Tomorrowland Transit Authority (Ialways did love the Peoplemovers)
-Alien Encounter (nothing like it anywhere on Earth)
-Hall of Presidents
-River of TIme in Mexico
-water ride in Norway
-Ellen's Energy Adventure
-Circle of Life
-Great Movie Ride
-Tower of Terror
-eat at Sci-Fi Movie restaurant
PLEASE- tell me anything good that I've left out. Some rides that I thought
were dumb when I first heard of them seem interesting now that I learn more
The one ride everyone has mixed fealings about is The Land. I've heard it's
like 20 or 40 minutes of looking at plants. How do you feel about it?
I don't think that I stressed enough in the first letter, but I'll say it
again. Don't waste too much time at the restaurants. You can get
seating there the day of most of the time, especially at this time of the
year. If you are planning everything out ahead of time, check with guest
relations at the front of the park about reservations, etc. You won't
have too much trouble getting reservations if you check the morning of
your visit. But, it is in my opinion that, other than the restaurants at
Epcot which are attractions in and of themselves, it is not a good idea
to go and visit as many of them as possible. You have so many
attractions that you'll want to see down there. In the Magic Kingdom,
you're right on your choices. Splash Mountain is great, especially from
your perspective since you can compare the two versions of the ride. You
should probably do a similar thing on Pirates, since the WDW version is
somewhat different. The Hall of Presidents is fantastic, and I'm sure
you'll enjoy it very much.
In Fantasyland you might want to consider going to the new 3d film there
if it is open, That Darn Cat 3d. Its supposed to open soon, and it
supposedly pretty good. You left out all of Mickey's Toontown Fair,
which might be interesting to see just to note the differences between
your Toontown and Toontown Fair.
Spend a lot of time in Tomorrowland. Its really nice there. Alien
Encounter WILL scare the crap out of you. The People Mover still exists
there. Space Mountain is bigger there, Timekeeper (called the
Transportarium I think) is probably one of the greatest attractions in
the park, even topping Alien Encounter. You should also visit the
Carousel of Progress just for posterity.
Remember, you also have the parade at 3:00 every day, and Spectromagic
absolutely shouldn't be missed UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES. It is vastly
superior to the old MSEP in every way.
As for Epcot, you'll want to spend time there again, just because none of
those attractions exist in DL. Mexico is a very good ride, similar to the
old If You Had Wings in the Magic Kingdom. Norway is very good also, but
if you're pressed for time, skip the film at the end. Spaceship Earth is
always fantastic. Ellens Energy Adventure could be skipped if you're
pressed for time, but make sure to catch Body Wars in the Wonders of
Life, it is very different from Star Tours, and evokes different opinions
from riders. Some love it much more than Star Tours, while some say it
is not that great. Being a student of Biology, I love it. The Circle of
Life could be missed. Recall though that its only about twenty minutes
long, so if you're a fan of the lion king, go see it. The theater its
shown in is impressive. Food Rocks is not as good as the old Kitchen
Kabaret, but still manages to entertain. The Land Boat Ride is not
fourty minutes long. Its only about fifteen to twenty minutes long, and
is quite interesting (but you must remember I am a Biology major).
Horizons shouldn't be missed (of course). You have to go see The Living
Seas if only for the opening film. This is an especially impressive
pavillion, and remains my favorite, next to Horizons. Imagination is
also pretty good, and it will be your first chance to see Honey, I Shrunk
the Audience if you visit there. I'm expecting that the version at Epcot
will remain superior to the one at DL, since they could do more with the
theater at Epcot. The World Showcase in general is impressive, and it is
where I spend most of my time. The film at China is especially good, if
you haven't seen it at DL before. The American Adventure is my favorite
show in the entire resort, and I make it a point to visit there each and
On to MGM: The Great Movie Ride is a fabulous ride, as well as Tower of
Terror. But there is much more there that you should consider seeing.
The Indiana Jones Stunt Spectacular is a very good show, and is one of my
favorites, but only catch it if you have the time. Lines for it tend to
be long. Superstar Television tends to be fun, especially if you're
selected to be in the show. The Monster Sound Studio was great back when
it was the Chevy Chase/Martin Short film, but they've changed it. I
don't know what its like now. But I can tell you that at the sound
playground when you exit the rides, there is a series of about six rooms
along the back of the wall, which are actually soundproof booths, that
provide the ultimate in three dimensional sound. THEY SHOULD NOT BE
MISSED. I love going to those booths. You could probably skip the
backstage tour, and only go see the Little Mermaid if your're a fan. I
really like Muppetvision 4-d, and some of the special effects they use in
that show are wild. If they have the new animation tour open, it might
be good to see it too.
That's the point where he left for Disney World...